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Turning everyday medical decisions into prudent practice

Summary This essay provides an initial reflection to engage physicians and patients in conversations about preventing harm, ending unnecessary tests, and evaluating treatments and procedures. There are many tools to help physicians and patients make effective choices, using evidence, to ensure high-quality care. Each patient situation is unique and in each case physicians and patients should determine an appropriate treatment […]

Introducing prudent principles in precision medicine

Summary This article describes how ‘precision medicine’ uses genetic data and other diagnostic biomarkers to select the most appropriate treatment for individuals. This delivers better outcomes for people, is safer, and is also more cost-effective because people receive the right treatment first time. Wales has a good foundation for the introduction of precision medicine, because of its national approach to […]

Better health outcomes and safer care through prudent prescribing

Summary Medicines continue to have a vital role in the management of a range of medical conditions. However, medicines can contribute to harm, particularly when a person is taking more than one prescribed drug. ‘Polypharmacy’ needs to be closely monitored. Prescribers also need to work in closer partnership with patients. There are several measures that help make using medicines safer, […]

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